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2013 Volvo S60 Review
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The 2013 Volvo S60 is a luxury offering from Sweden that presents a serious alternative to the German-made competitors that tend to dominate the market. Volvo has long been a trailblazer when it comes to safety features, and the 2013 S60 is chock full of innovations in that department. Available in three trim levels, the T5 base, the T6 mid, and top-level R-Design T6, the SC60 offers admirable mileage on top of an already-excellent set of features and specifications. The Volvos of prior decades were so focused on safety that they often overlooked styling, but the SC60 breaks with that old mode of operation. No longer boxy by design, the 2013 Volvo lineup is visually striking. It seems that Volvo aims to go head to head with rivals by recasting its image as one of not only safety and practicality, but true luxury as well. Safety features, luxurious complements, and conservative fuel consumption make the 2013 Volvo S60 an attractive option for shoppers in the market for a safe and practical vehicle with plenty of class. Amply powerful and a blast to drive in all configurations, the Volvo S60 is today’s Volvo and is truly at league with the usual names found in the luxury class -albeit with a safety focus on safety that puts the S60 ahead of the pack.
New For 2013
New features can be found under the hood and inside the cabin of the 2013 Volvo S60. New offerings include:
- A 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine outputting 300-horsepower is available
- The R-Design T6 receives a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder outputting at 325-horsepower
- Transmission tweaked for added performance
- Revised options packages are presented across the lineup
- An all-wheel drive version of the T5 is available for 2013
The 2013 Volvo S60 is a stylized iteration of the Swedish maker’s design capabilities. Utterly suave in its slick silhouette, the Volvo S60 is a good-looking design that inspires envy and respect from those watching from the sidelines as the stellar performer zips by. The R-Design T6 trim level offers even more sweeping lines and style than the T5. Standard external complements include 17-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, and rear defogger. The stylish body is composed of body panels built with tensile endurance and crash readiness in mind. Options include 18-inch wheels.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Volvo S60 is as stylish as the exterior and is packed with comfort and convenience. The sporty design of the S60 is underscored by the race-inspired seating, which ships with cloth covering by default. Leather upholstery is an available option. Other interior amenities include cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, audio and cruise control on steering wheel, front and rear 12-volt power outlets, and alloy interior trim. Also included are dual-zone climate control, sun sensor, leather steering wheel cladding, memory setting for driver’s seat, and split-folding rear seat. Entertainment includes AM/FM/CD player with MP3 support, Sirius XM satellite radio, auxiliary and iPod input, USB connectivity, and radio data system. Bluetooth is included for wireless data transfer. There is lots of space for passengers and cargo in the 2013 Volvo S60.
Thoughtful safety considerations built into the design of the 2013 Volvo S60 include Volvo’s City Safety technology which allows the vehicle to stop itself in low-speed situations. Preventive safety features of the S60 include Distance Alert cruise control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, Ready Alert Brakes (RAB), collision warning system, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, stability control, and traction control. Protective safety features include anti-submarining protection, dual front airbags, energy-absorbing chassis components, energy-absorbing interior, Inflatable Curtain, Rollover Protection System, Side Impact Protection System, and Whiplash Protection System. A remote-controlled alarm and locking system are also included in the S60. Overall, safety features abound in the design of the S60, making it, like all Volvos, among the safest vehicles on the road. Its cutting edge technologies make it a great family sedan.
The 2013 Volvo S60 offers a 2.5-liter, turbocharged, five-cylinder engine outputting 250-horsepower. The engine provides acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Fuel economy of the S60 T5 is estimated at a respectable 21/30 mph city/highway. The S60 T6 offers a turbocharged, six-cylinder outputting 300-horsepower. Zero to 60 mph is achieved in the S60 T6 in just 5.9 seconds. The R-Design trim level ups performance to 325-horsepower and reaches 60 mph in only 5.5 seconds. It is easy to see that safety isn’t the only concern in the design of the 2013 Volvo S60. Performance has clearly been given prominence in the manufacturing process. These factors combine with excellent suspension to make the Volvo S60 one of the more pleasing and practical vehicles on the road. Volvo, with the S60 and the rest of its current lineup, steps out of the stereotype of being strictly safety-minded, and enters a realm largely its own. Sure, models from Mercedes-Benz and BMW will outrun the S60 in a straightaway, but few others leverage the safety, performance, and style of the S60 in comparable measure.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Volvo S60
- BMW 328
- Lexus IS250
- Audi A4